Recording "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Friday, September 6, 1968 • For The Beatles

Part of


"The Beatles" (aka the White Album) sessions

May 30 - Oct 18, 1968 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (Mono)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline More from year 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Master album


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About

For many years it was believed that this was the recording session in which Eric Clapton overdubbed his lead guitar solo onto “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (as stated in “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn). In “The Beatles” Super Deluxe edition book (2018), this was explained that Clapton played with The Beatles on most of the takes recorded the previous day, when George Harrison decided a remake of the song was needed.

On this day, in a session which lasted from 7 pm to 2 am, The Beatles added overdubs onto take 25, and completed the track. George Harrison double-tracked his vocals and played a few very high-pitched organ notes. Paul McCartney added a distorted bass guitar part. Ringo Starr overdubbed tambourine and maracas. John Lennon added a bass part.

Mono and stereo mixes were made on October 7, but these were improved upon on October 14.


There was no producer in the room for this session, as George Martin was absent and had gone on holiday. The next Monday, his assistant, Chris Thomas, would be back from his own holiday and learn that he would produce the Beatles during all the September sessions!

Last updated on September 5, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Written by George Harrison

Recording • SI onto take 25

Staff

Musicians on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Bass
George Harrison:
Organ, Lead vocal

Production staff

Ken Scott:
Engineer
John Smith:
Second Engineer

The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

The Beatles Bible

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Have a look at https://www.beatlesbible.com/1968/09/06/recording-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-5/

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